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 for fewer
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Few \Few\ (f[=u]), a. [Compar. Fewer (f[=u]"[~e]r); superl.
     Fewest.] [OE. fewe, feawe, AS. fe['a], pl. fe['a]we; akin
     to OS. f[=a]h, OHG. f[=o] fao, Icel. f[=a]r, Sw. f[*a], pl.,
     Dan. faa, pl., Goth. faus, L. paucus, cf. Gr. pay^ros. Cf.
     Not many; small, limited, or confined in number; --
     indicating a small portion of units or individuals
     constituting a whole; often, by ellipsis of a noun, a few
     people. "Are not my days few?" --Job x. 20.
     [1913 Webster]
           Few know and fewer care.                 --Proverb.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: Few is often used partitively; as, few of them.
           [1913 Webster]
     A few, a small number.
     In few, in a few words; briefly. --Shak.
     No few, not few; more than a few; many. --Cowper.
     The few, the minority; -- opposed to the many or the
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: (comparative of `few' used with count nouns) quantifier
             meaning a smaller number of; "fewer birds came this
             year"; "the birds are fewer this year"; "fewer trains
             were late" [ant: more(a)]

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